Apprenticeships

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We’re committed to employing apprentices and giving people the chance to earn while they learn a new career. Apprentices can choose from a number of subjects – you can see details of our latest available apprenticeships below.

As an apprentice you’ll spend part of your week at college learning more about your chosen subject and the rest of the time working for us and gaining hands on experience. You'll have a mentor who will support you every step of the way and you'll even get paid a wage.

The length of an apprenticeship can vary and at the end of it you will have a NVQ qualification.

Apprenticeship FAQs

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?
You will need to apply for the apprenticeship vacancy via the national apprenticeship service https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship. All applications are being processed by South Gloucestershire & Stroud College.

What does an apprenticeship involve?
You’ll spend one day a week at the Filton Campus, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College training for an NVQ qualification and the rest of the time working at Merlin.

Is there an upper age limit?
No. We welcome applications from all learners.

How old do I need to be?
You must be at least 16 to apply for an apprenticeship.

Do I already need to be enrolled on a college course, or with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College?
No. If successful you will be enrolled on the relevant course with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

What’s the application process?
You are required to apply via the national apprenticeship service website, your application will then be shortlisted and if successful you will be invited along to an assessment centre at the college. Following this if you are successful, you will be invited to come along to a 2nd stage interview at our Merlin offices.

What support will I receive?
You’ll have a dedicated tutor throughout your time at college. You’ll also have a mentor, line manager and apprentice ambassador - all whom will support you on the job. We also offer in-house training, so you’ll learn anything required for your job.

How much will I get paid?
It depends on the role – you can see the specific details of each apprenticeship in the advert.

What hours will I work?
You’ll work 37 hours a week

How much time will I spend at college?
It depends on your course, but is normally one day a week.

How will I get to college / work?
You’ll need to be able to get yourself to work and college.

Do I need to be able to drive?
No, you don’t need to be able to drive but you must be able to travel.

Do I have to live in the area?
No. As long as you can get to work and college, you can live anywhere.

Will I be supplied with a uniform?
This will be dependent upon the role.

How long will my apprenticeship last?
It depends on the course, but most last for around 12 months.

Will I have a permanent job at the end of it?
It’s not guaranteed, but we do offer support to help prepare for your next career move or even progress on to further studies with us.

What qualification will I receive?
It depends on the course. Most courses provide a nationally recognised NVQ qualification.

Is an apprenticeship a full-time job?
Yes, with your time with us and studying at college you’ll be working a full working week

Will I be required to do college work outside college days?
Yes, you will be required to do a mixture in the work place and at home.

What career prospects will an apprenticeship give me?
Some of our apprentices are still with us ten years on and are now in a senior position. Whether you decide to persue a long-term career with us or elsewhere, an apprenticeship will put you in a great position.